Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Glasgow based Scotch Whisky Auctions has announced that a bottle of whisky that went to the front line during the First World War and came back again is to be included in its auction later this week.

The Croft Blend Fine Old Scotch, travelled to France in 1914, carried by William Mill, a soldier in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. It was never opened and was brought back by William to his home in Dumfriesshire when the war ended. It has remained in the possession of his family and stored in a suitcase under a bed ever since.

The Croft Blend Fine Old Scotch Whisky  

Commenting on the news, Peter Burns from Scotch Whisky Auctions, said: “The bottle was produced between 1892 and 1913 as the glass bottle manufacturer, Cannington, Shaw & Co., were using a particular stamp format during this period which is present on the base of the bottle. Apart from that, nothing is known about this bottle and the whisky inside it. It is truly a mystery and despite casting the net far and wide for answers, through archivists, whisky writers, historical institutions and others knowledgeable individuals, not one single person has been able to shed any light on it.”

He went on to say: “There is a very high likelihood that this is a one of kind and, when it appears on our website later this week, it could make for some interesting bidding activity.”

The Croft Blend Fine Old Scotch is the oldest bottle ever sold on the Scotch Whisky Auctions website. Bidding will start at £2,000 when the auction starts on Friday at

Source: Scotch Whisky Auctions